Work History

Work History
2003 - Present

Inky Fingers Art School

Director/Art Specialist Teacher

Directing private art school and teaching extensive art programmes to all age groups.

Mission is to provide in-depth art experiences for students. Offering concentrated studies in visual art that include studio practices in drawing and painting; sculpture, mixed media, printmaking; art history and contemporary art; critiquing skills; and aesthetics.

•Teaching and implementing elementary, primary, intermediate and secondary art programmes based on New Zealand Art Curriculum

•Nuture students to discover their artistic talents through completing works of art in an extensive variety of mediums over an 8 week course and/or holiday programs

•Spark enthusiasm to produce artworks of extremely high standard, often use powerpoint, photos and plenty of visual inspiration to encourage motivation and ideas

•Teach art history - referring to techniques/art movements/artists

•Encourage students to reach artistic potential, through one on one and group guidance

•Demonstrate artistic techniques at the start of every lesson to group, then throughout lesson to individuals

•Effectively maintain high student participation through exciting, relevant lessons and unit plans

•Continue to develop new, innovative art programs each term

2003 - Present

Hollie O'Neill Ltd

Professional Artist

Professional Artist exhibiting throughout New Zealand and selling art Internationally.

-Administration/ Marketing/ sales of Art Works (see online biography)

-I have spent a large amount of time traveling the world and visiting important art galleries and museums to view and incorporate techniques and knowledge of art history and contemporary art.

-Details of last 2 years exhibitions.  To  see extensive list of achievements view website...

2012 FINALIST:  New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2012

2012 Selected Group Exhibiton: Bethlehem College Fundraiser (CELLoLIFE series)

2012 Private Commissions for clients

2011 Solo Exhibition: Waihi Beach.  CELLoLIFE series

2011 Selected Group Exhibiton: Bethlehem College Fundraiser (CELLoLIFE series)

2011  Selected Group Exhibition: Treasured Art - Tauranga

2011  Selected Group Exhibition: Baradene Art Show, Auckland (New Zealand Natives Collection – Acrylic)

2011  Solo Exhibition: Creative Tauranga. ‘New Zealand Natives’ 

2011  Galleries/Design stores throughout New Zealand showing work from ‘New Zealand Natives’ Collection

Recent Publications

2012   The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2012 Book

2012    Bay of Plenty Times - Vibe - 'Hard work wins recognition', Thursday, February 16, 2012

2011    Bay of Plenty Times – Full Front page of Arts Section ‘Treasure Trove in Natives’, Thursday, April 28

2011    Creative Beat Magazine – Artist Profile: ’Creating is a life passion’, April Edition

2011    Que Magazine – ‘Our People’ – 3 page story: ‘Making the Kiwi way of life an art form’,Autumn Issue 5

May 2011 - 2012

Waihi Beach School

Specialist Art Teacher

Employed to plan and implement Visual Art programmes 

- Taught classes for 2 primary aged classes.

Jan 2001 - Dec 2003

Bucklands Beach Intermediate School

Specialist Art Teacher (Head of Department)

I raised student awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Visual Arts through creative instruction.

I designed and presented exciting lessons that actively engaged learners, while educating on various methodologies and technical aspects.I provided students with opportunities to reach their fullest potential through creative expression, cognitive processes and a broad range of aesthetic experiences.I assessed and evaluated approximately 850 students per year.

•Developed an innovative, specialized art program implementing New Zealand Art Curriculum school wide, teaching students aged 10 - 13years

•Shared and advised classroom teachers on their own classroom art programme

•Ordered and distributed Art materials school wide

•Provided students with a huge range of experiences in artistic mediums

•Organised and curated School Art Exhibitions with guest speakers

•Designed and implemented relevant lesson plans utilizing age appropriate material and focusing on appropriate subject matter/artists as inspiration

•Effectively maintained high student participation through exciting, relevant lessons and unit plans

•Positively impacted classroom lessons by providing plenty of Visual Inspiration eg:utilising powerpoint presentations, teaching art history, using local NZ Artists and their work as inspiration or starting points for students work

•Held parent teacher conferences to keep parents up to date on their children's progress

• Planned and implemented extension programmes and encouraged children in entering awards


1996 - Present

Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts

1996 - Present

Speech and Drama (LTCL)

Trinity College of London

Teaching Qualification

Advanced Speech and Drama performance programme